Parklet pilot project to launch in Downtown Red Deer

(Red Deer, AB) – The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a parklet pilot project, with the first parklet installation on Alexander Way near the Little Gaetz Avenue intersection.

Parklets are sidewalk extensions located on parking stalls that either expand the sidewalk for increased pedestrian use, or offer additional amenities for people using the street. The Alexander Way parklet is open to the public and offers bistro tables, umbrellas and chairs for passersby to relax and enjoy the Downtown atmosphere.

“We’re always looking for ways to increase the vibrancy of Downtown Red Deer and attract more visitors to the area,” said Amanda Gould, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association. “Parklets are a great way to enhance the atmosphere and provide a space for buskers to perform, at a minimal cost to the organization.”

“Parklets will be a wonderful addition to Downtown,” said Laura Cadrin, owner of la petit Jaune Fleur flower boutique. “I am looking forward to working with the DBA on the success of the first location, just outside of my flower shop. I hope that it will generate even more traffic to the street as more people bring safety, security and fresh foot traffic to the area. It is always exciting to try something fresh and different in the Downtown.”

An event to launch the project is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature live entertainment by a local musician and a fundraiser BBQ hosted by the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre. We invite you to join us for lunch as we launch Red Deer’s first parklet. The DBA will continue to provide live musical entertainment every Wednesday and Friday lunch hour until September 16, 2016.

“As the first parklet is part of a pilot project, we’re open to public input about what should be included in parklets and where they should be located,” said Gould.

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The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Gould, Executive Director
Red Deer Downtown Business Association

Tyler Hansen, Board Chair
Red Deer Downtown Business Association

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